Friday, July 30, 2010

Get to Know Novica and Shop for Unique, Fair-Trade Artisanal Goods with a $75.00 Giveaway

What does this beautiful blue glass dessert bowl


have in common with this serene black & white Buddha painting?


One is in my glassware cabinet (actually a set of 6), the other hangs on the wall in my hallway, and they both came from Novica. Not familiar with Novica yet? Novica is a leading fair trade artisan website featuring an amazing collection of handmade art, including paintings, jewelry, glassware, pottery, home decor and furnishings, direct from more than 2,000 talented artisans from around the globe. Novica works with National Geographic to give these talented artists and craftspeople a place to show their work and provides them with access to the world market.


I first purchased from Novica a couple of years ago, attracted to the wide variety of products they carry. (Warning: you can spend hours on the site, just looking!) The website provides background information about the individual artisans, which makes you feel connected to the work you are buying. I also like the fact that Novica utilizes fair trade practices and the artists are independent, controlling their work and setting their own prices for their products. Novica has even set up a unique microfinance program where consumers can help Novica artisans expand their business through interest free loans. Besides being a great place for personal shopping, Novica is a great place for gifts--you can find eco-friendly, green gifts, fair-trade corporate gifts, or unique gifts (sorted by price, category & recipient) that you won't see in other places.

I was already a Novica fan before the company contacted me and asked if I would like to try them out again and maybe do a review, so of course I agreed. The fact that they gave me a gift certificate for a little shopping fun just sweetened the deal. Then, they generously offered to give one of my readers a gift certificate too--how cool is that?! The only downside? I am having a heck of a time making my mind up on what to get--there are so many options.


Right now the sangria pitcher is looking mighty good--it even has an ice deposit to keep things cold, but this Celadon lotus ceramic curry bowl is gorgeous, and I do make a lot of curries.... and this Buddha and the jade elephant teapot would be perfect for tea time, or these green garden ceramic plates are pretty too. Hmm...

But enough about me and my *problems*--I bet you want to know how you can win a $75.00 electronic gift certificate from Novica...

***Giveaway***

One lucky person will win a $75.00 USD electronic gift certificate to shop on Novica--to be used on anything you want from tableware to jewelry. You don't have to have a blog to win, (just be sure to leave a way I can get in touch with you if you do win). Since it is an electronic gift certificate and Novica ships to many countries around the world (here's the list of countries they ship to), this giveaway is open to most everyone. (Just note that some countries do charge import taxes that would not be covered by the gift certificate, so you may want to determine if that applies to you before you enter.)

A winner will be selected by random drawing--so enter away--there are three ways to enter so if you really want it, you have up to three chances to win.

How to Enter:
(You can enter up to three times but you MUST leave a separate comment for each entry so I can tally them without taxing my brain too much!)

Entry #1: Take a look at the Novica site and leave a comment on this post telling me what you think you might spend the $75.00 on if you win.

Entry #2: For a second entry, mention Kahakai Kitchen and the giveaway and link back to this post on your blog, and/or your Facebook page and/or if you twitter, tweet about it. Then leave a second comment on this post letting me know that you linked, Face-booked and/or tweeted it.

Entry #3: For a third entry, become a follower of Kahakai Kitchen by clicking on the "Followers" box on the side bar of my blog and leave me yet another comment letting me know that you are now following me. If you are already a loyal follower just leave a comment letting me know that you are following for your additional entry.

All entry comments must be in by midnight, (HST) Thursday, August 5th. The winner will be selected in a random drawing or by a random number generated from of all of the entry comments received, and will be announced on Friday August 6th. Good luck!

Many thanks to Novica for providing such a great prize!


Obligatory Disclosure Statement: Although Novica provided me with a gift certificate for myself, and one to give away to try out their site, no payment or compensation was received for my review and my opinions of Novica are my own, based on my experiences ordering from them.

Happy Aloha Friday!

44 comments:

Joanne said...

What a fabulous giveaway! (And is that some tasty ice cream I see in that pretty blue bowl??) I think with the 75 I would have to get the wood bowl set (http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=17925). I've been yearning for a set of wooden bowls and these look perfect!

Pam said...

Oh my goodness! Great giveaway!!! I've never heard of them, but after visiting their site, I am completely in love.

I would have to get some of those gorgeous silver filigree earrings, because it can't always be about food you know!

Fresh Local and Best said...

This is a wonderful giveaway, as there are so many unique and beautiful pieces on Novica. There are so many exquisite ceramic and wooden bowls. I would probably get the wooden olive boat, and I've always wanted a nice chess set, so perhaps that too.

Rachel said...

Wow, fantastic giveaway. I must say I am smitten with those square leaf plates.

Fresh Local and Best said...

I just tweeted and added this to FLB's facebook page!

Jeanne said...

What a beautiful site for browsing! I've never heard of Novica before, but they have some wonderful goodies. I love the musical instruments section, as well as the wall hanging maps. I'd probably decide to get one of the maps.

Nive said...

This is such a beautiful giveaway...If I won, I would like to get their amazing glass vases...they look adorable...thanks!!!

ramvinayak_81@rediffmail.com

Nive said...

I am also a new follower of your blog!!!

ramvinayak_81@rediffmail.com

K and S said...

fab giveaway! I would tell you to go for the sangria pitcher ;)

Dianna said...

thanks for holding this wonderful giveaway! There are so many beautiful items on the Novica website. I would love to actually buy the hammock! It would be perfect for my backyard and wonderful to lay in during the Summer months!

Dianna said...

i'm also a follower! love reading about your weekly favorite things!

ValleyWriter said...

I'd love the Verdant Sonata hammock. I've always loved using them when I travel - why not have one at home?!

I'm having a giveaway on my site, too, if you're interested:
http://pioneervalleyma.blogspot.com/2010/07/lazy-summer-saturdays-tag-sales-and.html

ValleyWriter said...

I'm now a follower, too!

Debbie said...

What a wonderful site! I'm going to be shopping here even without a gift cert.

I'd have to get one of the alpaca wool shawls. They would be perfect for our cool evenings or our overly air-conditioned church.

Debbie said...

I am also an avid follower.

And thank you so much for the help with the strawberry guava! The tree is still loaded so I was grateful for all the suggestions.

Nadia @ www.lavidaaloha.blogspot.com said...

I love the "sangria afternoon" pitcher and the star appetizer plates and star canape plate. Gorgeous!

Pauline said...

Wow, such interesting exotic designs. Gives me the feeling of being a British in imperialist times showing off my richness with all exotic decor imported from India.

Taking a look-see through, I would get this cedar desk organizer, and this beautiful tapestry for my wall. It's the perfect shape and size too for my wall needs!

Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway! I'm also a follower already, so I suppose a second entry is in the works? Thanks!!!

Lynda Del. said...

This is a fantastic giveaway! Novica has so many unique and beautiful items, particularly their jewelry!

I would really love to have the Wood and sterling silver pendant necklace called 'Balance' found here: http://jewelry.novica.com/necklaces/modern-and-abstract/wood-and-sterling-silver-pendant-necklace-balance/161371/

Thank you for the chance!

lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

Lynda Del. said...

I’m following you publicly via GFC. ID: lyndadawinda1074

lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

Lynda Del. said...

I blogged about this giveaway and posted here:
http://thespanglyprincess.blogspot.com/2010/07/novica-gift-certificate-giveaway_31.html

lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

Kim (Liv Life) said...

As I just made a post for Sangria, I would have to vote for the Sangria Pitcher! My friend's recipe would shine in that. My husband is none to happy that you have recommended and posted this site as I already ahve a number of items picked out for my wish list!

Kim (Liv Life) said...

OK... here's my 2nd entry! I'm now a public follower of the Kahakai Kitchen!

Pam said...

Almost forgot to come back for my extra entries! I'm glad I did, since the comment list is growing!! I'm a follower of course!

Kim said...

What a fun site! I'm loving the sangria pitcher, but also the jade elephant teapot (very cute). I also like some of the handmade soaps that I also liked quite a few of their cutting boards. So hard to choose!

Kim said...

I'm a happy follower:)

girlichef said...

Novica is AMAZING! I absolutely love everything there...and WANT everything there. I've been eyeing a tumbler/pitcher set made in Mexico...so colorful, earthy, and ME! thanks for the chance Deb ;)

girlichef said...

I am a longtime follower ;)

girlichef said...

I tweeted about the giveaway!!! @girlichef

tigerfish said...

I am such a sucker for tableware
http://tableware.novica.com/coffee-and-tea-cups/coffee-espresso-and-teacups/index.cfm?c=808&l=5

Great giveaway :)

Alessa said...

I really wish I didn't read about novica. This sounds dangerous for my bank account. The jewelry is all so amazing, but I think I have fallen in love with the "Mystic Blue Oyster" pair of ceramic bowls. UGGGH SO BEAUTIFUL.

lecker and yummy recipes said...

wow what a fantastic giveaway Deb! I would love to have those ceramic celadon bowls with lids from here http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=76743
These casseroles look very perfect for my dinner table :)

"Fingers crossed" ;)

lecker and yummy recipes said...

i have been following you...and now for the sake of the entry too :)

Umm Mymoonah said...

Wow! That's nice giveaway, so many to choose, the one which attracted me the most is brass jar, this one:
http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=121464

Umm Mymoonah said...

And following you :-), I don't why indin't so far.

lecker and yummy recipes said...

Hey Deb, I have posted about this giveaway in my blog. Please check it out.
http://leckerandyummyrecipes.blogspot.com/2010/08/dont-miss-out-this-giveaway-by-kahakai_04.html

Nitha said...

Wonderful give away and you have a great space here.. happy to follow you..

Nitha said...

I wud definitely like to get this crab. http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=153314

BostonGirl said...

I really love the Citrine and peridot pendant necklace, 'Sunflower'! Great giveaway

BostonGirl said...

I'm also a Google reader follower! :)

Reshmi said...

wow lovely giveaway.. m following u!!

Reshmi said...

i can't stop going through all the sections.. wonderful website!! If I win this giveaway I wud like to grab Ceramic lamp "Light of night"..

Shabs.. said...

Wow....loved teh site and their collections!like u i too am lost in there. I loved teh art coasters they have!Superb! http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=122206 ...and this one here http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=150271 , http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=152275 ....Oh boy...i am lost.

Shabs.. said...

Hi,
im a follower now!Nice blog and a fantastic give away!

Guna's kitchen said...

WoW!! dats a nice give aways...

u have a lovely space ...and good collections .. if u find time do visit my blog.. added u to my friends list.... gald to follow ur blog